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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thank God it's Spring!

Dogfish Head Aprihop:

"A serious India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots." Dude, can Dogfish Head come up with a beer that's not spectacular? I don't think they can. Aprihop is another beautiful ale with fruit essence that keep's the drinker's tastebuds guessing. There is a hint of hops evident by way of the dryness, but not so much that I would even compare it to another IPA. The apricot's soul seems to dwell in the body of the ale like a naiad inhabiting a stream. Apricots aren't that sweet to begin with, so the tartness almost lends a Flemish sour style bite. Not nearly as potent, of course, but check it out. It's in there!

I suppose the closest comparison I can make would be to Raison D'Etre, a not-so-distant cousin of Aprihop. If you love Raison, you'll love Aprihop; but that doesn't necessarily work the other way around. Aprihop is a little smoother and subtler, though no less complex.

Who should drink this beer? Anyone. Everyone. If you're a bottle baby, ice it down well before drinking. For those more "civilized" imbibers, let it open up in a glass. Actually, I kinda dig it in a chalice-style glass or even a wine glass to accent the fruity notes. But if you get a chance to taste this beauty on tap, you'll most likely get a pint glass which gives the ale qualities a chance to let loose. And it gives the ususpecting drinker a kick in the pants: 7% abv. Oh no.

Dogfish Head Aprihop:

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: 1.0
Style: 1.0
Personal Preference: 1.0

Total Score: 4.0 Flags

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